Wright and Toledo achieve maiden victory at Bells Beach

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach surfing event ended on Sunday with its first victory over Tyler Wright in Australia and Felipetredo in Brazil.

Both surfers have been close to each other before, with Wright taking third place in 2 seconds and second place since 2011 and Toledo taking second place in 2019, despite their consistently high rankings. The big bell trophy was avoiding them.

However, this year they were both confident from the beginning of the event and showed consistent performance throughout.

Two-time world champion Wright said winning at the Bells felt like winning a world title.

“It’s emotional,” she said. Award ceremony.. “I’ve been competing here for 12 years and came in second, but I’ve won two world titles, which is pretty special to me.”

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Tyler Wright of Australia will compete among the 2022 Women’s Billabong Pipeline Pros on February 6, 2022 at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. (BRIANBIELMANN / AFP via Getty Images)

Victory comes after Wright bravely returns to the top following a severe case of postviral syndrome. And it left her bedridden for most of 2018-19 and suffered from her debilitating neurological symptoms.

Wright talked about the long journey she experienced and added that there is a big difference between those who think she is back and those who actually feel that way.

“I was wiped out, it was tough, and it was tough, and I didn’t really feel like myself in the water, and it was hard,” she said.

“There are many times I want to give up to reach the level of performance I was in. It took me 10 years to get there, so the last two years have been a moving vehicle.”

During the event at Bells, Wright demonstrated great wave selection, speed, and various controls, achieving the highest score for the women’s event. This includes two 17+ scores and 16.93 in the final to defeat current world champion Carissa Moore. 10.57.

Wright went up to 2nd place in the world ranking and Moore came in 1st place.

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Filipe Toledo of Brazil will surf in the men’s final of the Rip Curl Pro surfing tour event on April 27, 2019 in Bells Beach, Australia. (WILLIAM WEST / AFP via Getty Images)

On the other hand, after winning the Bells, Toledo also overtook Kanoa Igarashi to become the best in the world.

The fight against Australia’s Calm Robson in the final was tough, but Toledo’s biggest hurdle was overcoming John John Florence in Hawaii in the quarterfinals.

Florence was in a catastrophic state and shattered in the perfect conditions of the bell, but Toledo saw all the two world champions who defeated Toledo in the 2019 Bell final. Brought diversity and commitment to the operation of.

“I’m okay, this is it, it was like he didn’t win this heat,” Toledo said. Said After receiving his trophy, I was amused.

“I was completely convinced that I would do my best and focus on every wave.

“And after defeating John, you have that extra confidence to enter the next few heats,” he said.

Toledo also praised tour rookie Calm Robson for the finals.

“I was talking to Tyler now. It took me nine years to ring the bell. In the first year of the tour, this guy was in the final. That’s … amazing,” he said.

The Championship Tour will stop at five locations on the Margaret River, Western Australia, during the event period from April 24th to May 4th.

Steve Milne


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